triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Definition of trivia

: unimportant matters : trivial facts or details also singular in construction : a quizzing game involving obscure facts

Examples of trivia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

This week’s trivia question: Which San Francisco Giants manager had the longest tenure? Gary Kamiya,, "San Francisco scenic treasure that locals overlook," 28 June 2019 Thanks for responding to last week’s trivia question: Who is the only Ohioan to serve in top leadership positions in the executive, legislative and judicial branches (governor, speaker of the Ohio House, and Ohio chief justice)?, "Ohio lawmakers may blow past Sunday budget deadline: Capitol Letter," 28 June 2019 Holzhauer, 35, a professional gambler who lives in Las Vegas, provided the correct questions for 1,160 pieces of trivia, while asking a scant 36 incorrect questions. Aimee Picchi, CBS News, "Does Jeopardy! champ James Holzhauer lose today?," 3 June 2019 Books should be treated in the manner of movies or television shows, as occasions for collective chatter, as storehouses of shareable trivia, and once in a while as containers of detachable ideas. Christian Lorentzen, Harper's magazine, "Like This or Die," 10 Apr. 2019 Hall of Fame ambassadors lead tours of the ballpark, spicing their commentary with baseball trivia. Katherine Rodeghier,, "From scandals to milestones, an expanded museum and tours celebrate 150 years of baseball in Cincinnati," 12 June 2019 Dino junkies felt free to let loose knowledge and trivia and insider dino jokes. Michelle Boorstein, Washington Post, "‘Finally!’ Dinosaur lovers descend on the Smithsonian’s newly renovated fossil hall," 9 June 2019 The guys start out with some HTHL geography trivia. Mark Goodman, The Denver Post, "Colorado Rapids podcast: Andre Shinyashiki vs. Diego Rubio, Lalas Abubaker’s awesome pie, more," 6 June 2019 Web developers have historically only bothered with such trivia as standards compliance and as a way to test their pages in multiple browsers when the market landscape has forced them to. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Google isn’t the company that we should have handed the Web over to," 17 Dec. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'trivia.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of trivia

1920, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for trivia

New Latin, back-formation from Latin trivialis

Keep scrolling for more

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for trivia



English Language Learners Definition of trivia

: unimportant facts or details
: facts about people, events, etc., that are not well-known


noun plural
triv·​ia | \ ˈtri-vē-ə How to pronounce trivia (audio) \

Kids Definition of trivia

: interesting facts that are not well-known
Hint: Trivia can be used as a singular or a plural in writing and speaking.

More from Merriam-Webster on trivia

Spanish Central: Translation of trivia

Nglish: Translation of trivia for Spanish Speakers

Comments on trivia

What made you want to look up trivia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


a small bunch of flowers

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.


Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!